Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Reading

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I could have written a list two or three times this length! What a fantastic topic.

An open book lying spine down and pages fanned out while letting on a metal table. 1. It’s a healthy form of escapism.

2. It has introduced me to historical eras and events I may not know much about. I have no doubt this will continue to happen in the future!

3. It has let me meet people, both real and imagined, that I would have otherwise never met.

4. It gives me a chance to visit places I haven’t seen in real life yet.

5. It lifts my spirits when I’m sad and gives me hope when I’m going through a rough time.

6. It shows me the beauty in our world.

7. It can be a wonderful way to learn about how others live. For example, you can read books about characters from cultures you didn’t grow up in or who are dealing with sensitive issues that generally aren’t considered polite to ask about in many societies unless you know someone quite well. (Even then, there are plenty of things I’d never bring up unless the person experiencing it mentions it first and says it’s okay to ask questions!)

8. It can help you come up with new strategies to handle your own medical issues, experiences with prejudice, conflicts, etc. For example, I love reading books about other folks who have migraines or chronic headaches because of everything we’d have in common related to that.

9. It’s hopeful. I love reading about how past generations solved their biggest problems or how characters tackle issues that seem insurmountable at first.

10. It’s a wonderful way to make new friends though the blogging community and by discussing books with fellow readers.


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80 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Reading

  1. A few similar ones for me 🙂

  2. Great reasons! I like that you expanding it out into how it affects meeting / getting to know new people in real life too.

  3. What a great list Lydia. I totally agree with all of these.

  4. Great list! I love the concept of seeing beauty in the world, and I agree — there are books that can really open my eyes in this way.

  5. Great list! #7 has been particularly useful during this past year and a half when we haven’t been able to get out and meet people in person.

    my TTT this week

  6. Stefani

    Reading definitely gives hope when all else seems lost. Happy reading! My TTT

  7. Love and agree with all of these! This week is just such a heartwarming topic to read 🙂

  8. I agree with every single one of your items on the list, especially #8. My TTT is off-topic this week. Please visit anyway?!

  9. Love that you mentioned it helps introduce us to new coping strategies, it’s so true. Personally I’m a big fan of Quiet, by Susan Cain for that exact reason. It taught me so much about myself and what I need on a psychological level, and I’ve truly been a happier person since.

  10. I agree with all of your reasons one hundred percent! 😀

  11. It’s amazing how reading can lift our spirits so much.

  12. What a great list of reasons! I agree with all of them. Especially lifting the spirit, discovering new places, healthy escapism. I found myself nodding with each of your points. 🙂

  13. I can fully agree with all of these points. This is such a great list!

  14. Reading for coping mechanisms is a really great point!

  15. Great list, Lydia. I agree that it lets us see all of the beauty in the world, not just that in our own lives.

  16. Jo

    Some great reasons here!

  17. Great list of reasons! I really liked #6. It shows me the beauty in our world. That’s so true!

  18. Great list! I love how you mentioned how reading can help us learn new strategies for dealing with various issues.

  19. I agree with all of it! I almost said it brings hope, but I didn’t, even though it does! Thanks for sharing. My list is here:

  20. I love meeting new people in books, especially people that remind me of people I know in real life. While reading Firekeeper’s Daughter, I came across a couple of characters who reminded me of people from my life and miss as they are no longer with us.

    Here is my TTT post:

  21. What a great list. Some of these also made my list. Connecting with fellow bloggers is a definite plus.

  22. All the best reasons! Love your post!

  23. Great list! And all so true. I really like #2!

  24. Wonderful response with reasons that resonate with me – especially the idea of learning about others.

  25. Some wonderful reasons there. We might all love different kind of books but the reason for reading them seem to be very similar. I totally enjoyed your list. Thanks.

    And thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  26. This is the most important for me: “It can be a wonderful way to learn about how others live.” We have empathy for others, especially for those who are different from us.

    Great list, Lydia!

  27. I love your final reason 🙂 I often get so caught up in my own little reading bubble that it’s nice to remember that there is a whole bookish community out there 🙂

  28. I like how you mention reading is hopeful. What a great observation.

  29. Number 7 is a beautiful reason to read books. Thanks for describing it so well. 🙂

  30. Yes to all of these, but I especially like #7. There are plenty of nosy/impolite questions I’d like to ask and never can. Books are a great way to get them answered!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  31. Gosh, what a great list! The escapism that reading provides is unlike no other and I agree with everything on your list.

  32. Great reasons, Lydia! I, too, find reading a source of hope and optimism… and many of the other things you express, as well.

  33. Fantastic list! There is a great satisfaction when a character finally overcomes their obstacles and conquers their problems, it’s better yet when you can connect to that character or/and the issues they’re facing.

  34. Love your number three! I sometimes need to remind myself that none of this community would be possible without reading, and I’ve been lucky to meet some of the most amazing people!

  35. Mae

    I definitely agree with the Historical era periods that you can not read about from so many different perspectives. Most of the time we see it from a political point of view or a survivor’s point of view but not those who were living alongside one of these points of view. More importantly, we are learning about things that are sometimes never taught in school. Excellent list overall.

  36. I love getting to visit somewhere new in a book – and I also really enjoy seeing an interpretation of a place I know. 🙂

  37. I sign every single one of your reasons.

  38. The new friends we make through book reviewing is the best part.

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